Knofolio: The New Wave of Digital Art Portfolios

When I was in High School I applied for an art scholarship at the college I was attending. I threw together some slides (yes, slides) with minimal help from my art teacher. The body of work was disjointed, and although my mom probably thought it was the best stuff she’d ever seen, the review committee unfortunately, didn’t. I didn’t get the scholarship and I always thought back to this and wondered – could things turned out differently if I’d had more support? Enter Knofolio.


When I heard about what Andrew Coyle and his team were doing with the launch of Knofolo – I knew this would be a great resource for High School Art Teachers (and art teachers who are artists themselves) to utilize. If only I had this back in the day! As a fan of convenient and relevant online platforms to make our lives a little easier, I thought it would be fun to interview with Andrew to have him tell you a little bit more about Knofolo and how you might be able to use this online portfolio platform with your students.




Why did you start the Knofolio Platform?

I created the KnoFolio platform because I saw a need among prospective art students, art teachers, and college admissions counselors to extend their talents online. The project started as a prototype for my senior thesis at the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design. I hope to expand the platform into a vibrant community of artists & designers that are focused on learning.

There is a revolution occurring in education that revolves around e-learning. Despite the explosion of massive open online courses (MOOCs), there are very few art courses online. KnoFolio hopes to bridge this gap.

Who is the website designed for?

KnoFolio is focused on serving aspiring artists & designers.


What does the platform allow art students to do?

The platform currently allows art students to create a free digital studio, sign-up for online courses, and participate in critique.


 How do you think teachers will be able to use Knofolio with their HS Art Students?

My developer and I are working on a list of major overhauls to improve the platform. Soon art teachers will be able to extend their classroom online by setting up private course & critique space.

I have gotten a lot of great feedback from the users of the platform. My team and I are able to implement changes fast. We look forward to on going critique of the website. Some of the major overhauls we hope to put in place consist of making the platform more social. We hope to incorporate an advanced notification system, better search features, the ability to earn badges, an advanced critique process, and a user authentication system.



Thanks, Andrew, for explaining to us a little more about Knofolo! One thing I like is how this portfolio can build with the student as they transition to college, too!

Art teachers- How are you using digital platforms for critique and sharing?

What features would you like to see in a digital portfolio format?

What questions do you have for Andrew? 

PS. Andrew will be presenting a session at the AOE 2013 Online Conference walking you through the platform and talking about portfolio building ideas for your secondary students. Check out his session and all the other fabulous sessions on the conference page. Early-bird pricing ends March 31st! Hurry!

PPS. Andrew and his team have put a lot of time and money into creating Knofolo and are determined to see it become a vibrant art education platform and want to add more features to make it even more amazing!  To implement the additional overhauls they created a Indiegogo Campaign – Check it out!

Jessica Balsley

Jessica Balsley is the Founder and President at AOE. She is passionate about helping art teachers enhance their lives and careers through relevant professional development.